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Scuba Diver Medical

The essential place to come for all your scuba diving medical queries, including the latest news and columns from Divers Alert Network (DAN).

Can you go hang-gliding after a dive?

Q: I’ve been diving for 30-odd years and was a smoker until five years ago (I’m now 48). Unfortunately I think I left giving...

Can orbital floor fractures and eye floaters stop you from diving?

Q: I have suffered an orbital floor fracture whilst playing rugby. My doctor has instructed me not to blow my nose due to subcutaneous...

Can you scuba dive after gastric band surgery?

Q: I had weight loss surgery a few years ago. The procedure I had was called gastric bypass. Ironically I sold my dive gear...

Is it safe to scuba dive if you suffer from panic attacks?

Q: I’ve been stationed out in Vietnam with work for a year, and while here I’ve been enjoying all the natural pursuits the country...
scuba dive after giving blood

Can you scuba dive after giving blood or while taking beta blockers?

Q: I am a regular blood donor and was wondering whether you could see any reasons I can’t dive? I really want to try...

Can you still scuba dive when on medication for atrial fibrillation?

Q: Hello. I have been diving for 57 years, and I am an advanced diver and ex-instructor. I was recently diagnosed with atrial flutter...

Can you be too old to scuba dive?

Q: While holidaying with my daughter and grandchildren in the Maldives I was given the opportunity to dive. I had only ever snorkelled previously...

Can You Scuba Dive After Suffering From a Collapsed Lung?

Question Over 22 years ago, when I was 19, I had a spontaneous bilateral pneumothorax. This was not related to any illness or defect, it...
Is it safe to scuba dive with dyspraxia?

Is it safe to scuba dive with dyspraxia?

Q: I have always wanted to try diving but have a condition called developmental co-ordination disorder (often known as dyspraxia). Apparently, I have had...
Can you scuba dive after a stroke

Can you scuba dive after a stroke?

Q: My father is an ex-military diver, he is now 68 years old, but has kept up recreational diving for many years since he...
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